HOBBLEBUSH growing everywhere in southern Vermont — peeking out of the woods along the roadsides. Whereas other flowering trees (wild cherry, apple, shadbush, lilacs) are covered with flowers, hobblebush has only a few. It looks like it’s holding each of its flowers up for inspection. Flower structure is fascinating: 5 flower  stalks (1 in the center, 4 outside), center stalk holds all small flowers, each outside stalk holds a cluster of small flowers plus 2 large-petalled flowers. The aroma is sweet and mild, and the white seems whiter (fresher?) than other flowers. Leaves feel like crepe paper.

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